By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Former Magpies manager Chris Hughton is back in the big time - as Norwich City's new boss.
The 53-year-old ex-Republic of Ireland defender has replaced Paul Lambert at Carrow Road after Birmingham gave him permission to speak to the Canaries.
And that means he is set for an emotional return to Tyneside next season, when he'll be sure of a warm welcome for his role in Newcastle's recent history.
Having arrived at St. James' Park as a coach in 2008, Hughton was appointed manager at the start of the 2009/10 season and led his side to the Coca-Cola Championship title before leaving the club in December 2010.
And after taking Birmingham to the Championship play-offs last season, he has now been given another well-deserved opportunity to manage in the Barclays Premier League. He was unveiled by Norwich at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Earlier this week, two former Newcastle coaches were also on the move as Steve Clarke left Liverpool and Alan Thompson parted company with Celtic.